“When it can be said in any country in the world, “My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor stress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want; the taxes are not oppressive . . . When these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and its government.” –Thomas Paine. Lucius Cassius, a consul whom the people of ancient Rome revered as a wise and honourable judge, was often required to adjudicate disputes involving the laws or policies of the Senate. Time and again, his first question was “Cui bono?” which can be translated as “Who benefits?” or “To whose benefit?” His reasoning was that no political action could be explained unless it was first ascertained who gained from it. The even more illustrious Roman orator and statesman Cicero often quoted this…
It might seem like a bizarre moment to be fighting to bring ecology to the fore in decision-making in Newfoundland and Labrador. But our decisions about how to proceed in the future depend largely on how we understand our past. Do we trust our politicians? Do we trust Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall and the appointed “expert panel” evaluating the North Spur? Have we been listening and attentive to how the Muskrat Falls project will forever change the lives of the Innu and Inuit in Labrador? One not need look far into the past to see that ecological issues have in fact been included in the scope of considerations about the economic future of the province. For example, in 2010, the province’s Premier, Minister of Natural Resources, and Nalcor CEO Ed Martin all promised they would produce “clean energy” and “environmentally friendly” power. Yet in times of strife, the province’s political leaders,…
“We do not need this plastic in our environment,” says environment minister after Liberal Party joins a growing call to ban single-use plastic bags in N.L.
After too many years of arbitrary budget cuts, it’s time to put some serious thought into our wildlife agency.
Environment Minister’s mandate letter is a hopeful sign.
“The time for excuses is gone. The time for action is now.”
It was only a few years ago we discovered St. John’s City Council had ‘forgotten’ it’s own mandate to have an Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) — a handy vehicle that was brought back to ensure important environmental issues were properly considered and addressed.
The next chapter of our story begins with the coordinated and well-executed effort to replace Stephen Harper with Justin Trudeau. But if we want to shape the narrative, we can’t let go of the pen.
“As they come looking for your vote, I beg you to please engage, ask questions, demand answers and stick around for the accountability!”
In the face of economic and ecological crises, and with a revival of Mi’kmaq identity and culture on the Island’s west coast, one man thinks the time is right for Western Newfoundland to usher in a new era of political representation in Ottawa.
Environment and Conservation Minister Dan Crummell is downplaying oil pollution in Port au Port Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
A farewell challenge: What this province needs to do to make things right.
Placing blame — and litter — where it should be placed.
“I am not the model citizen and do not profess to be. But I do know we cannot continue down this path of destruction…”
The NL capital joins Blue Dot movement and becomes first municipality east of Quebec to recognize its residents’ right to clean air, water and soil.
But as with all good opportunities, we must act to take advantage of them.
As the Blue Dot movement sweeps across Canada, a group of Mount Pearl youth are preparing to ask their city to be the first in NL to declare its residents have the right to a healthy environment. According to a St. John’s city councillor, the capital city is not far behind.
If health, safety and environmental protection are main considerations on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, as stated by the Department of Natural Resources and the provincial government, then why is it we so rarely, if at all, see media releases pertaining to hydraulic fracturing from the premier, the environment minister, and the health minister?
But it only receives support from a fraction of us.
Program reached more than 140,000 people over five years